Sterling Streamliner diner

Sterling Streamliner diner

A design for the famous Sterling Streamliner diners. Sterling bought the design from Roland L. Stickney in 1939. Several Streamliners are still in use and examples can be seen here and here. A Streamliner now sitting in Rhode Island was the first diner to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1939. Invented by Roland L. Stickney.


Sterling Streamliner

It is believed that sixteen (16) Sterling streamliners were produced by J. B. Judkins Co. of Merrimac, MA. (1857-1942) between 1939 and 1942. The first produced was a prototype and did not have a name fired into the porcelain enamel panel on either side of the front door, as was the standard. The shortest ever produced was 41.5 ft. long, and the longest 54.5 ft. long.

At least one is known to have been in production around the time of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Production of diners ceased immediately after the US declaration of war. The Judkins company closed its shops in 1942 and all buildings (offices and manufacturing) were sold and later demolished. The last Streamliner diner was never completed but sat outside the Judkins factory for years.

Aside from the Modern Diner, and Salem Diner, four (4) others still survive in one form or another in storage. In order of production these are: Hesperus (406) Streamliner (4011), Jimmy Evan's Flyer (4012), and Lindholm's (4017) Note that all 4 of these were produced in 1940.,

Sterling diners

Sadly, only two such diners remain in operation. The Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI and the Salem Diner in Salem, Massachusetts.